The Press: Watermelon for Barbara

In Tucson last week, chubby little Barbara Willis was dying of leukemia, but nobody had told her how sick she was. When the 13-year-old youngster developed a strange craving for watermelon, not available in Tucson, her doctor appealed to the Arizona Daily Star for help. It promptly asked its readers to help Barbara. To keep the truth of her sickness from her, Barbara's parents hid the newspaper. But that only made Barbara suspicious. She guessed that she was dying, and she refused to eat anything at all. Desperately, Barbara's mother appealed to the Star to "print something to make her happy."


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